Articles 2002 – 2010

The Crimeculture Articles Archive: 2002 – 2010

Our Articles Archive contains all of the contributions from both undergraduate and postgraduate students from 2002 to 2010.  It also includes a number of articles by the editors and by other academics – from Canada, the US, Australia, Malaysia, India, Germany and the UK.

There is a separate archive containing the articles published as part of our 2006 Summer Special: Postmodern and Future Noir, as well as a selection of pieces by David Schmid, Vicky Munro and Lee Horsley on True Crime.



The Anonymity of African American Serial Killers, ALLAN L. BRANSON, University of Leicester

Into the Shadows: The Role of the City in the Roman Noir, ROBERT E. SKINNER, Xavier University of Louisiana

Fiction creating the historical in Don DeLillo’s Libra, JANICE CORMIE, Birkbeck

Detective and Villain: Philip Marlowe’s Construction of Nemesis, JANICE CORMIE, Birkbeck



‘The History of the Murder’:  Ellen Davitt as a Crime Writer, KATE WATSON, Cardiff University

Rent Hearths and Fragmented Selves: Disordered Spaces in The Moonstone,MAITRAYEE ROYCHOUDHURY, Delhi University

Things Fall Apart: Examining Definitions of Justice and Genre, ALIA McKELLAR, Kingston University

Being “good” in Sin City: morality, the individual and public authority, RICHARD FINN, Lancaster University

A Weed or a Plant Out of Place? Responsibility and the Psychopath in Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me and Pop. 1280, MARY STRINGER, Lancaster University

‘Funny as hell.’ The Interplay of Laughter and Violence in Chester Himes’ Rage in Harlem and Jim Thompson’s Hell of A Woman, ABBIE LEA-O’MAHONEY, Lancaster University

Christian and Voodoo concepts of good and evil in Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock and William Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel, MARION DAWSON, Lancaster University



Postmodern Noir: An Exploration of the Intersections and Hybridity between Genres, LIAM RICHARDSON, Lancaster University

Uncanny Killers: Doubling and Duplicity in The Talented Mr. Ripley andStrangers on a Train, SARAH POST, Lancaster University

Great Pretenders: The Performance and Commoditisation of Masculine Identity in Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley and Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho, KERRY BAKER, Lancaster University

Fractured Reflection: Representations of the Psychopath and Society in Mary Harron’s Film Adaptation of American Psycho and Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me, JOSEPH DARGUE, Royal Holloway, University of London



Life on Mars, or How the Breaking of Genre Rules Revitalises the Crime Fiction Tradition, CHRISTINE DOWNEY, Lancaster University

Broken Hallelujah: The Cultural Significance of American Hardboiled Fiction in Paperback, 1940-1955, MARGARET MERIÇLI, University of Pittsburgh

‘A drop of water from a stagnant pool’: Agatha Christie’s Parapractic Murders, DEWI LLYR EVANS, Cardiff University

An Exploration of the Relationship between Community and Capitalism in Black Crime Fiction, TIM LAWLOR, Lancaster University

Crimes of Conscience: Morality and Justice in Doyle and Christie, GARETH WATKINS, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

If you can get them to think: an ethical defence of crime fiction, ELLENORE CHAPMAN, Bolton University

The concept of identity in Without a Trace, SILKE GUENTHER, Lübeck, Germany


This special collection of articles has been archived in its original form from the earlier crimeculture site: click here for the Summer Special Archive: Postmodern and Future Noir

Future Noir, JAMALUDDIN BIN AZIZ, Lancaster University, and School of Humanities, University Science of Malaysia

Postmodern Noir Investigations and Disintegrations of Identity: Denis Johnson’sResuscitation of a Hanged Man and Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly, RENE DIETRICH, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany

Lonely Young Men: A Baudrillardian Analysis of the Disaffection in the Novels of Bret Easton Ellis, ROBERT COPPIN, Lancaster University

Paul Auster’s deconstruction of the traditional hard-boiled detective narrative inThe New York Trilogy, DAN HOLMES, University of Wales, Swansea



Reading the City and Identity in Fin de Siecle Crime Fiction, CLARE CLARKE, Queen’s University Belfast

Gender’s Survivalist Struggle: The Performative Distortion of the Body in Himes’ Rage in Harlem and Blincoe’s Acid Casuals, DAVID COOPER, Lancaster University

Alternate realities and the detective’s search for the truth: A comparison of the Sherlock Holmes stories and The Usual Suspects, ABIGAIL DAMMS, Lancaster University

Paradise Lost: Sin in Noir, JASON McKENZIE, Plymouth State University

It’s Not Just Black and White: Gender Roles in Film Noir, JASON McKENZIE, Plymouth State University



The Text is Suspect: The Author, the Detective and the Subjective in Auster’sCity of Glass, TODD NATTI, The University at Buffalo, New York

A Study in Ambiguity: The Godfather and the American Gangster Movie Tradition, GEOFF FORDHAM, The Open University

Whose Fantasy is This Anyway?: The Female Serial Killer in Dirty Weekendand The Eye of the Beholder, JAMALUDDIN BIN AZIZ, Lancaster University, and School of Humanities, University Science of Malaysia

Dangerous Women and the Abject in the Noir Thriller, EMMA WHITING,  Lancaster University

Entertainment and Dystopia: Film Noir, Melodrama and Mildred Pierce, ZOE BOLTON,  Lancaster University

Oh! You Pretty Things: Narcissism, Identity and the Culture of Consumption in Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley and Goodis’ The Blonde on the Street Corner, EMMA TURZYNSKI, Lancaster University

Hitchcock’s Place in Film Theory: a Significant Auteur or Director of Insignificant Pictures?, GEOFF FORDHAM, The Open University

From the Editors:

The Road to Double IndemnityROGER WESTCOMBE



‘As if there were anywhere to go’: The Lack of Transcendence in the Noir Fiction of Dashiell Hammett and David Goodis JAMES RILEY, Lancaster University 

Dead Bodies, Dead Words: Stereotype and Cliché in Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me and Helen Zahavi’s Dirty Weekend OWEN CLAYTON, Lancaster University

“Dead Women Owned Me” – Survival, Guilt, and James Ellroy NEDDAL AYAD, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

From the Editors:

‘Lipstick Killers’ – Viewing The Postman Twice  ROGER WESTCOMBE



Exploring Issues of State Control and Individual Resistance in the Contemporary Crime Thriller: Who is Keyser Soze?   SIMON SYLVESTER, Lancaster University

Hierarchies of Control in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction   JOE ALLEN, Lancaster University

David Goodis and the Representation of Women: Shoot the Piano Player  SINEAD BOYD, Lancaster University

From the Editors:

Being a Buddy: The Black Detective on the Big Screen    PHILIPPA GATES, Wilfrid Laurier University

Domesticity That Never Sleeps: the Emergence of the Suburban Thriller  ROGER WESTCOMBE


After the Past: Noir Legacies in an [Un]certain Future: William Gibson’s Virtual Light and Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys  PAUL FERGUSON, Lancaster University

Epistemological my dear Watson: Structures of deduction in H.G.Well’s Time Machine and Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes OWEN CLAYTON, Lancaster University

The Case of the Two Italian Semioticians, or The Demise of the Detective and the Revival of His Genre in Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose  SIMON SYLVESTER , Lancaster University

Noir Transformations:  Gender, Place and Identity in The Talented Mr Ripleyand Dirty Weekend  ANDREW JEFFCOAT, Lancaster University

‘The Innocent Victim’:  Alienation and Existentialism in the Noir Crime Novels of David Goodis and Chester Himes  REUBEN WELSH , Lancaster University

Re-writing Noir Women: Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski  HELEN CRAINE,Lancaster University

‘The World of Fear’: Engendering Unease in the Novels of Patricia Highsmith JULIE WALKER, Lancaster University



The Noir Thriller: Male Identity and the Threat of the Feminine   NAOMI KING, Lancaster University

Split Identities and World(s) Under Erasure in Memento and Falling Angel:  Playing on the Detective Figure in Postmodern Crime Fiction   DANIEL JONES, Lancaster University

The Angels and the Monsters: Strong Women in the Novels of Patricia Cornwell    SARAH HINTON, Lancaster University

From the editors:

Black Protest in the Mid-Century American Crime Novel, LEE HORSLEY

Fatal Women in the Hard-Boiled 50s, LEE HORSLEY

Founding Fathers: “Genealogies of Violence” in James Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet, LEE HORSLEY

Mères Fatales: Maternal Guilt in the Noir Crime Novel, KATHARINE and LEE HORSLEY (available at online site of Modern Fiction Studies 45.2, Summer 1999).